I work with two completely opposite foundations when I teach. On the one hand I work hard to encourage students to paint more often. I use specific strategies to help them grow their art. Concepts clearly explained and then built upon that I know from experience will impact their painting skills. More information here: Guilt Free Zone – What does that mean?
I have something new to share with you today! Several of my art students agreed to do ‘interviews’, more like informal chats, with me and talk about their experiences in my art classes. More Information Here: A Video Interview
Did you know that the imagination is the very best vehicle for truth? Or more accurately, the imagination can be the best way to really grasp a truth and have it stick with you, even change your outlook on life – because when your imagination is engaged, the gray matter is ever so much more likely to hold onto whatever concepts are coming in. More Information here: Imagining the truth
Of all the characteristics of any painting, colour is the one that speaks the most naturally to our emotions. Bright colours energize and say ‘look at me’! Cool blues are calming. Yellows and oranges often feel cheerful. These are generalizations, but the link is there. More information here: Joyful Journeys
Thank you for the many many folks who responded in agreement to my recent “Black Lives Matter” email. I thought that you would understand. I hope that we each continue to find meaningful ways to speak against prejudice and racism in all its ugly forms. Flowers. Think of the strong associations these have for us with love, both romantic and affectionate. Associations with caring and consolation. With spring and new life. With a joyful sense of colour and just plain being. More information here: For the love of flowers
With travel not happening at this time, I am grateful for wonderful photo references to paint from. I do find that painting from these brings back lovely memories and really gives me the sensation of being there again. Such a nice reprieve from the restrictions of our current world. More information here: How do you travel right now?